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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales

Familia: Nyctaginaceae
Tribus: Nyctagineae
Genus: Commicarpus
Species: C. adenensis – C. ambiguus – C. arabicus – C. australis – C. boissieri – C. brandegei – C. chinensis – C. coctoris – C. decipiens – C. fallacissimus – C. grandiflorus – C. greenwayi – C. heimerlii – C. helenae – C. hiranensis – C. insularum – C. lantsangensis – C. mistus – C. montanus – C. parviflorus – C. pedunculosus – C. pentandrus – C. pilosus – C. plumbagineus – C. praetermissus – C. ramosissimus – C. raynalii – C. reniformis – C. scandens – C. simonyi – C. sinuatus – C. squarrosus – C. stenocarpus – C. tuberosus

Commicarpus Standl. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 12: 373. (1909)

Type species: Commicarpus scandens (L.) Standl. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 12: 373. (1909)


Standley, P.C. 1909. Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 12(8): 373.
Hassler, M. 2017. Commicarpus. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2017. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2017 May 12. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Commicarpus. Published online. Accessed: 12 May 2017. 2017. Commicarpus. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 12 May 2017.

Commicarpus is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Nyctaginaceae. The genus contain some 30 to 35 species which are native to the tropics and subtropics. Most are found in Africa and western Asia,[1] and eight species are native to southern Africa.[2]

Species of the genus are distinguished from one another by details of the anthocarp and the shape and indumentum of the flower's lower coriaceous (or leathery) part. They grow in soil that is rich in calcium, and especially soil with a strong component of heavy metals.[2]

The genus includes the following species:

Commicarpus adenensis A.G.Mill.
Commicarpus ambiguus Meikle
Commicarpus arabicus Meikle
Commicarpus australis Meikle
Commicarpus boissieri (Heimerl) Cufod.
Commicarpus brandegeei Standl.
Commicarpus chinensis (L.) Heimerl
Commicarpus coctoris N.A.Harriman
Commicarpus decipiens Meikle
Commicarpus fallacissimus Heimerl Ex Oberm., Schweick. & Verdoorn[3]
Commicarpus grandiflorus (A.Rich.) Standl.
Commicarpus greenwayi Meikle
Commicarpus heimerlii (Vierh.) Meikle
Commicarpus helenae (Roem. & Schult.) Meikle
Commicarpus hiranensis Thulin
Commicarpus insularum Meikle
Commicarpus lantsangensis D.Q.Lu
Commicarpus mistus Thulin
Commicarpus montanus Miré, H.Gillet & Quézel
Commicarpus parviflorus Thulin
Commicarpus pedunculosus (A.Rich.) Cufod.
Commicarpus pentandrus (Burch.) Heimerl
Commicarpus pilosus (Heimerl) Meikle
Commicarpus plumbagineus (Cav.) Standl.
Commicarpus praetermissus N.A.Harriman
Commicarpus ramosissimus Thulin
Commicarpus raynalii J.-P.Lebrun & Meikle
Commicarpus reniformis (Chiov.) Cufod.
Commicarpus scandens (L.) Standl.
Commicarpus simonyi (Heimerl & Vierh.) Meikle
Commicarpus sinuatus Meikle
Commicarpus squarrosus (Heimerl) Standl.
Commicarpus stenocarpus (Chiov.) Cufod.
Commicarpus tuberosus (Lam.) Standl.

Govaerts, Rottbøll and Greuter & Burdet have published several combinations in the genus Boerhavia. If these are followed the genus Commicarpus would be much smaller.


Douglas, N. A.; Spellenberg, R. (2010). "A new tribal classification of Nyctaginaceae". Taxon. 59 (3): 905–910. doi:10.1002/tax.593018.
Struwig, M.; Siebert, S.J. (January 2013). "A taxonomic revision of Commicarpus (Nyctaginaceae) in southern Africa". South African Journal of Botany. 84: 44–64. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2012.09.009.
"Reichenbachia hirsuta Spreng". The Plant List (2013) Version 1.1. Retrieved 13 September 2018.

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